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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

This group is not intended to compete with other groups on topics they cover but to "fill in the cracks." Whenever a discussion dwells at length on a topic for which there's an existing group, we urge you to provide members a link to that group to continue along their tangent.

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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 11:01am

Today is another beautiful day. I made great progress yesterday getting my garden ready to go to sleep. The vines seemed almost grateful to be cut off and put in the trash. I repaired some trellises that they grew on and they, too, are all ready for a new season. The growth that will be next spring's lilac blossom form nicely. The rhododendrons have huge buds forming as well. 

The lilac bushes have a new assault on their leaves so I gave them diatomaceous earth on the soil and leaves. It doesn't really matter about these leaves because they will be falling soon, but I want to start my defenses before next season.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 10:53am

Chris, the replacement is no big deal, it requires anaesthesia and a procedure that is not at all painful. I don't even feel the electrode when it keeps my heart in rhythm. My primary physician asked last Friday if I can hear or feel it. I don't hear or feel anything, except grateful that I have had these extra years. 

January 2008

Comment by Randall Smith on October 6, 2014 at 8:21am

So much to comment on!                                                               Joan, You are such an inspiration to all of us. I consider you the matriarch of A.N. Let's hope you can continue gardening for a long time, pacemaker and all!

Mindy, happy your daughter is enjoying waitressing.                    Great "selfie", Chris! I love photos of all my friends here.

Wouldn't it be great if we really could get together for a grand "potluck"?! When I was a member on an previous blog site, I met six fellow bloggers while traveling east, south, and west. Even stayed overnight at 3 of them. The blog site sort of crumbled, so I moved on--to here! It's been a blast.

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2014 at 1:03am

I'm celebrating with you Joan. It's so good to be alive and to have access to kind people, cats and books! I hope your heart problem is treatable!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2014 at 12:08am

Mindy, it is a routine thing with a pacemaker. It does its job beautifully and I never have a bit of trouble. When I go in for checks, the technician always turns it down until my heart stops beating and then he turns it back on. Last time I was there I asked if he could give me more energy, so he turned the up. It did give me more energy. If the pump ever stops, I will be dead in four minutes. So we keep a close eye on that little beater. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 5, 2014 at 10:43pm

Sorry to hear about your pacemaker getting old, Joan. I hear you about getting old.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2014 at 7:16pm

Mindy, I don't bake, at all. I like making the main dish, side dish and salad. Everybody knows that so they bring the desert.

We would make a good team!

Carl, how you doing? Hope you report when there is news. I think about you as well, so there is energy coming to from different laces. Yes, my garden is paradise. I am sitting out here right now, the sun just about to set and the air getting chilly.

Deidre, it is so great to have you back! I think you are right, baking is precise. I like to throw a little of this, a little of that in a pot and let 'er rip.

I had a doctor's appointment on Friday and I am having a little heart problem, which is expected because of my pace maker getting old. Everything is getting old; my house is over 100 year old, my car is 22 years old, all three of my children are over 50, and I have 6 great-grandchildren. Oh! my goodness, how did that happen? 

And, I am happier than I have ever been in my life. It is just great to be alive, have wonderful friends virtual, and touchable, outstanding neighbors who all have dogs that I enjoy and don't have to pay th vet bills. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 5, 2014 at 5:02pm

Waving back to you, Chris.  Great photo!

Mindy, what an uplifting family report.  Too bad you can't bottle up and market your good vibes!  lol  

Joan, I love reading about your garden-related activities.  It sounds like you are living in a little patch of paradise.   

Comment by Plinius on October 5, 2014 at 1:13pm

Thank you, Joan - but you do make me blush!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2014 at 1:04pm

Chris, I have neglected reading my mail until just now. The condition you found your aunt in is all too familiar. Thankfully, she had you to protect her and make sure she is safe and in loving hands. It is not an easy thing you and your husband do, I respect you all the more , even as my fondness and regard for you is at the highest level. Thinking of you, hoping you are healthy and having some fun as well. 

 

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